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Rachel Joray

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Originally from Seymour, IN, Rachel chose Xavier University because her grandfather was an alumnus. While at Xavier, Rachel was involved with many clubs and organizations including participating in Alternative Breaks, playing Centerfield for the Club Softball team, and serving as Chair of Relay for Life and Vice President of Xavier’s Chapter of Colleges Against Cancer.
 
Rachel earned her Bachelor of Arts in History in May 2012. Her academic achievements include being inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu in Spring 2011.
 
Following graduation, Rachel served as a volunteer in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps in Los Angeles, CA. Her placement was at St. Francis Center, a soup kitchen and food pantry in Downtown LA. While Rachel enjoyed the beautiful weather and scenery in LA, she has returned to the Midwest and currently resides in Indianapolis, IN.

Fellowship Experience

As a Brueggeman Fellow, Rachel traveled to Spain to study pilgrimage as a platform for interreligious dialogue. She chose to become a pilgrim and embark on the Way of St. James (El Camino de Santiago) in Northern Spain. This medieval pilgrimage route is approximately 750 km from Roncesvalles (the traditional starting point) to Santiago de Compostela. For 33 days, Rachel walked along the pilgrimage route, talked with other pilgrims from around the world, and enjoyed the pilgrimage as both an observer and a participant along the way.

What They're Doing Now

Rachel is currently the Volunteer and In-Kind Donations Coordinator for Holy Family Shelter, the largest homeless family shelter in Indiana. She volunteers her time with School on Wheels (an after-school tutoring program for homeless children) and Little Red Door (agency serving cancer patients and survivors). She is also a proud member of Hoosiers on the Camino, a local chapter in which pilgrims can gather and share their experiences on the Camino de Santiago. Rachel is also in graduate school earning her Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Contact Info

Email: jorayr@gmail.com
Phone: (812) 498-0716

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